How Often Should I Check my House for Pests?

Having regular pest inspections can be a very efficient way to protect your home against insects. Waiting until you notice a problem isn’t always the smartest approach, especially when you consider how fast an infestation can grow before you even see the obvious signs of bugs. In other words, once you see them wandering around in your kitchen, they are likely already out of control in the rest of the house.

Professionals like Fox Pest Control, a Corpus Christi exterminator, will offer regular inspections to take a closer look. Or you can always be a little more proactive and keep an eye out on your own. In either case, what kind of schedule is best? Continue Reading

Innovative Ways to Refurnish your Rented Home


Across the world, people are increasingly opting to rent a home rather than buy. In places, like the UK, the cost of houses has risen faster than wages. As a result, many people find themselves unable to get a mortgage, so cannot get onto the housing ladder. In other countries, like America, people need to move more than they once did to be able to find work. Because of this, they find renting a property more practical than buying.

Whatever the reason, more of us are living in rented accommodation. Because of the way the law works, a lot of these flats, houses and rooms are unfurnished.

For a tenant this can be problematic. In a way, it is nice, because it give you a chance to put your stamp on your new home. However, it can cause problems, as well.

It means that tenants who go out and buy new furniture, have to take it with then when they move. The problem is that many people struggle to find similar accommodation when they move, which means the furniture they have bought may not fit, or be suitable. In that situation, people end up having to store their stuff, which can work out expensive.

Fortunately, there is more than one way to furnish your home. The suggestions we make below are ideal for those people who have to move on a regular basis.

Hire your furniture

If you know that you are not going to be staying long, using a home furniture hire service can be a good option. Companies that lease out furniture to developers will often rent to private individuals too. Using their services is a good way to get your hands on good quality items for a great price. That way when your short-term lease ends, you just need to give them a call. They then come and pick everything up, so it is a virtually hassle way to furnish your home.

Take advantage of recycling schemes

Another good way to do it is to find a local recycling charity that covers your area. Many of them take unwanted items of furniture from people in the area. They then give these items away to people who want them.

If you have access to a van, you can pick the items up yourself, which means you can get everything you need free of charge. Should you not have access to suitable transport most recycling organisations will deliver for you. Some may charge a small fee to cover the cost of petrol and labour, or ask for a donation.

You can use websites like this one to find organisations that offer this service, in your local area.

Buy used furniture

Another good option is to buy used furniture. You can find it advertised for sale in local newspapers, in shop windows and on supermarket classifieds boards, as well as online. Local buy and sell Facebook pages are also a great way to find what you want.

As you can see furnishing a house or room that you may not be living in for very long is far easier, and cheaper, than you think. You just need to consider all of the options.

What to do if the water is slow going down the bathroom drains

You will usually know straight away if there is some sort of problem with your bathroom drains. The water ill not disappear as quickly as it usually does. As soon as you realise there is a problem it’s important you get it deal with as soon as possible. If you do not do this the issue will only continue to get worse.

You can take a look at this link if you want to hire a professional plumber to help you with the problem. This is often the best approach to take as it means you can get issue resolved as soon as possible and that you know the job will be done efficiently. If you want to try and solve the problem yourself, here are some tips that you may find useful. Continue Reading

The Financial Benefits of Hiring an Interior Design Firm


To some, acting as one’s own interior designer is an ethos and a calling. Other people have just never thought of doing things any other way. In either case, it’s easy for homes to become “accumulated”, not designed. Design is the process of selecting individual parts, with consideration of the larger whole. Professional designers do this every day for many different clients. They will have an awareness of, and experience within, the design world. This gives them a lot of resources to draw upon and many solutions to any problem. Studio Thomas, a Denver based interior design company, is a great resource for for ideas and design trends, but until you hire them you won’t be able to see what they can do for you. 

But you may think that hiring an interior designer, or a team of them, is just a luxury – something to make your home look good and little else. That couldn’t be further from the reality. If used strategically, your interior designer could save (or even make) you money. Here’s how. 

  1. Hire a Designer Before You Perform Renovations. Every homeowner will at least consider some sort of renovation, sooner or later. If you decide to pull the trigger on a renovation project, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Strategic renovation can pay off amply in terms of equity. Working with a qualified designer before you start knocking down walls, you can create a plan that maximizes your long term equity gains. 
  2. Hire A Designer Before You Sell Your Home. If you are hoping to sell your home for the best price, you’ll want to make sure it looks its best when prospective buyers are checking it out. Hire a designer to help stage your house, a process by which its filled with furniture and decorations that will appeal to the broadest swathe of buyers. In many cases, your home can sell for 10% higher than it would without any staging at all. Sometimes this great impression cultivated for buyers pays off in even greater profits. The cost of designing and staging will likely be well less than the amount you gain, over and above the price you’d sell without staging. 
  3. Hire a Designer When You Move In. If you are moving into a new house, especially if you don’t have a lot of furnishings, it’s time to bring in the interior designer. A designer can help you lay out the best possible plan to fill up your house with furniture and decoration. This way you’ll be happy with your decisions right out of the gate. You’ll buy materials and furnishings that work – the first time. You won’t have to rework it six months later. This can save you money in the long run – lots of it. 

There are other ways that a designer or design team can help you in the financial front. In general this can be seen as an economical way to make the most out of your home and your lifestyle. 

Misty Peak Teas has redesigned the shape of the puer tea bing.


Puer was the first tea. It is the most drank tea in the world, and tea is the most drank beverage
in the world next to water. It’s history dates back more than two millenniums when it was first
cultivated in China, helping build some of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. It then
became an expensive commodity: the highest price ever paid for tea was for an aged puer.

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